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Ilium (Ilium, Bk 1)
Ilium - Ilium, Bk 1
Author: Dan Simmons
The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars—observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family—and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private wars of vengeful gods and goddesses. On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost pas...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380817924
ISBN-10: 0380817926
Publication Date: 7/1/2005
Pages: 731
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 91 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
The first book in Dan Simmons Mars series. Every speculative fiction writer should have one (a Mars series)and there are few who do it better than Simmons.
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Helpful Score: 4
If you like Scifi, Homer, gods and mortals, this will satisfy you.
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Helpful Score: 3
This story will twist your brain in knots, blending ancient Earth history with futuristic interplanetary drama.
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reviewed Ilium (Ilium, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Wow! The sheer depth of Simmons's imagination is enough to keep you whirling through the pages. What will he think up next! He develops a pretty good character in Hockenberry, and also - surprisingly enough - in his Moravecs (partially sentient robots who have an affinity for Shakespeare and Proust!) The human race that he creates that is left on Earth is fascinating to read about (faxing everywhere with strange functions available to them).

This book is monumental in its ambition and a wild ride.
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I really didn't like this book. I had a very hard time with the willing suspension of disbelief, and the characters were mostly so arbitrary they made no sense at all. Full review available here if desired:
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Absolutely excellent. Any Sci-Fi fan with a decent knowledge of the Iliad will LOVE this book!!!!!!